I am and have always been a fan of a great dress. I remember, picture day, circa 1992 and it was my first time taking pictures in America at a new school and I thought you had to be super fancy.
After all, I had just moved from Mexico in July and to me, America was just fancy all around! My family was not in the position to buy me the dress of my dreams for my 3rd grade picture day, however, my mother took it upon herself to find me "the" dress. She took me to the Thrift store! I remember it like it was yesterday. "The" dress we found was built upon delicate layers of sheer fabric and it had a muted green tone, almost like a sea green. It had the most delicate flower print and on the chest, it had a white lapel with sturdy buttons as details. I was in heaven. I didn't care my mother only paid a few dollars for it, I felt like a million bucks! I walked into my classroom ready for the fanciest of all picture days, only to find most of my classmates in their "regular" clothes. Some even in their sweats. I shrieked in horror thinking, "What's happening? I thought this was Picture Day. A day where you pull out your fanciest of fancies! Little did I know I had just arrived in the land of freedom! But to me, freedom came from expressing through the art of an outfit, no matter the budget!
Libier is a sought-after Fashion Editor and Stylist with a mission to help women discover the freedom of knowing their value. She is the author of Through The Wilderness, a memoir of overcoming self-hatred and addiction. She creates regular style content for ELOQUENT, local television (Sacramento), her blog, and YouTube Channel with a focus on personal beauty, style, and inspiration.